U of M to lead new AI Institute focusing on climate-smart agriculture and forestry

May 04, 2023
A photo of researchers gathered around large screens depicting climate data; photo by Rich Ryan
A map of Minnesota's Seven Mile Creek Watershed created by the researchers’ AI-powered GeoDesign tool showing farming practices that could optimize carbon sequestration and boost soil health. Photo by Rich Ryan, University of Minnesota

"The University of Minnesota announced that it will receive a $20 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to lead a new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute. 

"Researchers at the AI Institute for Climate-Land Interactions, Mitigation, Adaptation, Tradeoffs and Economy (AI-CLIMATE) aim to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to create more climate-smart practices that will absorb and store carbon while simultaneously boosting the economy in the agriculture and forestry industries."

SWAC faculty members David Mulla, Tim Griffis and Heidi Roop are key leaders of AI-CLIMATE, along with collaborators across CFANS and the University. Read the full announcement from CFANS.